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Magical Reindeer Chow

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Reindeer Chow
(c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Magical Reindeer Chow is a Christmas candy that appeals to both Santa's reindeer and kids of all ages. Cereal, pretzels, chocolate, and fruit is coated in a white chocolate mixture, then dusted with edible glitter to add the final magical touch. Kids will love munching on this treat and then leaving some out for Rudolph and his friends to enjoy!

A word about special ingredients: The coconut oil in this recipe serves several purposes: it helps make the white chocolate more fluid when melted, keeps it more stable at room temperature (since coconut oil is solid when cool) and gives a subtle coconut flavor to the candy. If you don't have any, you can omit the coconut oil and the reindeer chow is still delicious. Edible glitter can be found at cake and craft stores in the baking section. Do NOT substitute regular glitter! You can substitute colored sprinkles, or just omit it entirely.

Yield: 10 cups reindeer chow

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz (2 cups) white chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 3 cups Rice or Corn Chex or similar cereal
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup thin pretzels
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms, divided use
  • 1/2 cup salted nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp edible glitter (optional)

Preparation:

1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and set aside for now.

2. Place the white chocolate chips and coconut oil, if using, in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent the white chocolate from overheating.

3. Add the Chex cereal, marshmallows, pretzels, 1/2 cup of the M&Ms, the nuts, and the raisins to the white chocolate, and stir until everything is completely coated in a thin layer of white chocolate.

4. Scrape the candy out onto the prepared baking sheet and smooth it into a thin layer. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of M&Ms on top and press down gently to adhere them--adding some candies on top keeps them from being coated in white chocolate and gives your reindeer chow a pop of bright color. If you're using edible glitter or sprinkles, dust that all over the top of the candy.

5. Refrigerate the reindeer chow to set the white chocolate, for about 20 minutes. Once set, break it into small pieces to serve. Magical Reindeer Chow can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. This Christmas candy makes a nice gift when packaged in small bags, and don't forget to leave some out next to Santa's cookies on Christmas Eve!

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